Monday May 14, 2018

How To Make Your Summer One To Never Forget

Dayton Law’s newest international initiative has it joining forces with the St. Mary’s University School of Law to offer students summer study law abroad experiences on two continents.

“We are proud to be joining St. Mary’s, our sister Marianist Law School, as cosponsors of its two storied study abroad programs in Innsbruck, Austria, and Beijing, China,” said Andrew J. Strauss, Dean of the University of Dayton School of Law.  “As the world becomes more globalized, the ability to understand foreign and international law first hand is becoming increasingly important,” said Strauss.

Picture of mountains in Austria.“I am very excited that the two Marianist law schools are now collaborating to provide outstanding foreign legal experiences to our students,” said Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., Dean of the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. “Sharing a single mission of justice in the global setting makes great sense for Dayton and St. Mary’s,” said Sheppard.

Picture of building in China.“It’s difficult to overstate how transformative a study abroad experience can be, even for students who have traveled abroad before,” said Dalindyebo Shabalala, PhD, Assistant Professor and UDSL Summer Programs Coordinator. “The intensity and immersion can open up unforeseen personal and career possibilities.”

Group of students and faculty in the China Summer Study Abroad program.In the Institute on Chinese Law and Business Summer Program students will learn about the practical realities of doing business in China, as well as the dispute resolution mechanisms that play a large role in enforcing private agreements between enterprises in China and the United States.

At the Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria, students will participate in one of the longest continuously operated summer law study programs offered by any American law school.

Group of students and facutly at the Summer Study Abroad program in Austria.In Innsbruck, students will be able to visit local government offices and the state seat of government, and sit in on guest lectures presented by European professors and scholars traveling abroad. Classes are scheduled to allow students time to travel on weekends to such destinations as Rome, Paris, the French Riviera, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, Munich, Prague, and Budapest.

“St. Mary’s Law began its Innsbruck, Austria, program more than three decades ago, its China program more than a decade ago and has recently revived its Mexico program as part of a highly focused global outreach to prepare our students for the future practice of law,” Sheppard said. “As the world becomes more and more interconnected, it is vital that lawyers have the skills to represent people across national boundaries. No study at home can offer the same value in this preparation that is inherent in study abroad programs in these complex comparative legal concepts.”

Current UDSL students can request more information about the program by visiting the Summer Study Abroad website or by contacting Professor Dalindyebo Shabalala, Coordinator, Summer Study Abroad Programs.

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